The only graph you need

Here it is, the only graph you need to understand the world you live in:
Fossil fuels are largely responsible for the success of mankind shown in this graph. Fossil fuels have lifted more people out of poverty than environmentalism ever will. But here’s the really good news: as mankind has gotten richer, stellar advancements in art and science have resulted and the environment has drastically improved as well. The worst environmental conditions on earth toady exist in poor countries ruled by tyrants and dictators. I’ve seen it for myself. I’ve been to the Middle East and must say I enjoyed my time there, but except for Israel it wasn’t because of the environment. Israel is the garden spot of the Middle East, and if you don’t believe me please immediately book a flight on El Al to Haifi and visit Mount Carmel. Israel settled a dry land of rocks and today they export flowers.

If you’d like to get a taste of what the rest of the Middle East is like, just visit your local landfill.

[Beirut is another exception to the rule, and much of Lebanon is quite beautiful.]

Below is a photo I took from Mount Carmel looking over Haifa to the Mediterranean sea. At center-high in the photo is a dome known as the Shrine of the Báb, considered to be the second holiest place on Earth for Bahá’ís. Its precise location on Mount Carmel was designated by Bahá’u’lláh himself to his eldest son, `Abdu’l-Bahá, in 1891. The Israelis resurrected it from a state of ruin (Mark Twain visited here in the 1890s and described it as a desolate pile of rocks) and continue to maintain it although it has nothing to do with their own religion. That is what the Israelis do, they show respect for all other religions, even those whose practitioners are trying to kill them. Further below is a photo of the Shrine of the Báb at night.

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